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04-16-2009, 02:28 PM   #1
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Vivitar S1 105 VS Sigma EX 105

Just wondering if anyone here has tried both lenses and which did they prefer.
I hear so much about and have seen some get photos taken with the Vivitar.
I should probably say, I am strictly interested in the macro use.

I have the Sigma and believe it is a great macro lens but have been having thoughts on replacing it. The Sigma 70 is first choice so far ( wish I had the money for the VL 125 ) but....

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105mm

No experience with either lens. My 105 is a Super-Takumar f 2.8 - a fine lens. My only experience with either of those brands is the Vivitar - I've got a Series 1 70-210 f 3.5 Macro which I don't use much as it's a real bear of a lens. It will tear the bottom out of your camera bag. Can't recall the last time I've used it.

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V S1 105mm vs. D FA 100mm

I compared the Vivitar vs the pentax 100mm D FA and I chose the vivitar. It was sharper at all apatures and I didn't think the autofocus was a good thing. I manual focus on the vivitar is so smooth.

It is my favorite lens by far.
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Omega leader, Do you have any web samples you have taken? I have purchased from this fourm and am awaiting delivery in the week or two.

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I have not much use for autofocus on a dedicated macro. On the Vivitar the manual focus is useful mainly for setting the magnification ratio, and after you have set the desired magnification, you just focus by moving the lens+ camera + flash back and forth. I have found the AF360FGZ + Vivitar S1 combo to be good enough, obviously a ring flash would be better.

While I have not used any macro other than the Vivitar S1, I am happy enough with it to not even have considered the VL 125 when the VL was easily available new from CameraQuest.

I do have one everlasting regret with my Vivitar Series 1, 105, though. Which is that I only bought one from TraderJim and not half a dozen. I suspect I shall spend the rest of my life kicking myself for it. Sigh...

And oh, BTW, the AF1.7x F series adapter works just fine to make this an AF lens
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If I may here is a 105/2.5 sample pic:

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Thank you all for the comments.
Nice sample pic Eaglerapids.

I will actually be able to give samples in a few days. I accidently purchased the Vivitar. I threw out a bid thinking it was too low and someone else would naturally bid higher. I think I got a good deal anyway.
BTW, I hope I wasn't bidding against someone here.

Also, it looks like I will have a lens up for sale. But which one? Looks like a showdown is coming.

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well if you want to sell the vivitar, i'd be happy to adopt one

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well if you want to sell the vivitar, i'd be happy to adopt one
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Lovely shot: there's something about the Vivitar's color I find very appealing. Thanks for posting
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrenMc Quote
I will actually be able to give samples in a few days. I accidently purchased the Vivitar. I threw out a bid thinking it was too low and someone else would naturally bid higher. I think I got a good deal anyway.
Congrats. I was lucky to pick up a Vivitar S1 105mm Macro a few months ago on ebay for under $200. The description was kind of lacking, but the lens turned out to be pretty much mint. I am not a huge manual focus guy, or a huge macro guy, but I love shooting with the Viv S1. Very smooth focus, great colors, smooth bokeh. It has proved to be a great lens for casual macro shooting, as well as family photos and the like. Hope you enjoy it.
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Here's why they (we) rave about the Vivitar

Two if the first shots from the new the lens sold to me by Foxman in Moscow (on this forum). Got lucky with the fire spark. Works like a dream on the Pentax K-m

Enjoy

slight boosting of colour in this one, tripod ISO 200,
Exposure:0.8s at f/8, Metering mode:Center-weighted average


untouched JPG, tripod ISO 200
Exposure:1.3s at f/8, Metering mode:Spot


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QuoteOriginally posted by OrenMc Quote
Just wondering if anyone here has tried both lenses and which did they prefer.

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I have both and, if anything I prefer the Vivitar, mainly because it is a dedicated manual lens with a large and comfortable focus grip and a greater rotation for pinpoint focus accuracy but also because I think it is marginally better, particularly colour rendering and bokeh and it is certainly as sharp. Got it new in 1992 and don't want to part with it!

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